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Become a Committee Member

Are you interested in participating in your local government? The City of Essex Junction has the following opportunities for community members to help support, advise, and guide our municipality. Applicants must be residents of the City of Essex Junction. All positions receive a $50 per meeting stipend. For more information on the boards, commissions, and committees, visit their webpages under the Boards and Meetings drop-down menu.

To apply for an open position, please tell us why you are interested in joining the committee, what education, experiences, and background you bring to the committee, and what you hope to accomplish during your term on the following form. For current members wishing to be re-appointed, please tell us why you want to be reappointed, what you have enjoyed about your time, what you have accomplished, and what you hope to accomplish in another term. 

Appointed Committees Application

Current Opportunities

Updated: June 27, 2024

Development Review Board

Number of openings: 1

Role: The Development Review Board has legally binding authority over building and development projects in Essex Junction. The Board approves or denies applications for development projects by interpreting and applying the rules spelled out in Essex Junction’s Land Development Code, zoning regulations, and Comprehensive Plan. The Board also settles appeals from builders, developers, and property owners of decisions made by the Essex Junction Zoning Administrator regarding requests for variances from zoning and land use regulations. Development Review Board meetings are considered ‘quasi-judicial hearings,’ similar to court proceedings, and the Board’s decisions are expected to be narrowly focused and well-reasoned. The Essex Junction staff provides technical and legal assistance to the Board, but Board members must be able to competently interpret and apply the logic and reasoning of Essex Junction’s Development Code and other applicable regulations.

Meeting Frequency: 1x/month; 6:30 p.m. on third Thursday;

Term Length: 3-year term

Planning Commission

Number of openings: 1

Role: The Planning Commission writes and revises Essex Junction’s Comprehensive Plan, which is the overarching document that embodies the city’s strategic vision and long-term growth objectives. Within that framework, the Commission also formulates changes to the City’s Land Development Code and Zoning Regulations which contain the rules and technical specifications that builders and developers must follow to have their projects approved.

Meeting Frequency: 1x/month; 6:30 p.m. on first Thursday

Term Length: 3-year term

Police Community Advisory Board (PCAB)

Number of Openings: 2

Role: As an independent board, the Police Community Advisory Board’s (PCAB) purpose is to facilitate communication between the Essex Junction community and the Essex Police Department (EPD) and provide feedback and support to the EPD on strategies and policy, especially around issues of equity. Central to this stated purpose is an emphasis on ensuring the voices and needs of systemically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed members of the community are heard with regard to public safety. The PCAB is a committee with equal representation from the Town of Essex and the City of Essex Junction.

Meeting Frequency: 1x/month; 6:00 p.m. on third Tuesday

Term Length: 1 & 3 year term

Tree Advisory Committee

Number of openings: 2

Role: The Tree Advisory Committee is an advisory organization that works with the City Tree Warden to promote the improvement and preservation of a healthy environment as it relates to public trees. The committee provides a mechanism for the planting, maintenance, protection, and removal of trees on public streets, parks, and City-owned properties. 

Meeting Frequency: 1x/month; 4:30 p.m. on third Tuesday

Term Length: 3-year term

Green Mtn. Transit Alternate

Number of Openings: 1

Role: This opening is for the alternative position on the GMT Board of Commissioners. Commissioners set Board goals annually, and these long-term goals guide the General Manager of GMT and the priorities of the authority for that fiscal year.

Meeting Frequency: 1x/month; 7:30 a.m. on third Tuesday

Term Length: 3-year term

Tree Farm Management Group Board

Number of openings: 1

Role: The Tree Farm Management Group (TFMG) is a non-profit charitable entity with the purpose of developing the Tree Farm Recreational Facility as a premier recreational facility, along with overall management of the Tree Farm Facility. The 11-member Board of Directors for the TFMG represents the City of Essex Junction, Town of Essex, Essex United Soccer Club, Nordic Soccer Club, Vermont Soccer Association, Burlington Rugby Football Club, Adult Sport/Recreation, at large members representing neighboring communities, and Essex Westford School District. The Tree Farm Recreational Facility is a privately managed, self-sustaining space funded completely through sponsorships and rental fees paid by customers. The facility includes fields for soccer, rugby, Frisbee, and more.

Meeting Frequency: 1x/month

Term Length: 3-year term


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